Mumonkan, Case 27: This Isn’t a Thing

Teisho presented by Arno Hess on 19/03/2023 at the Pathway Zen Zenkai at Spring Hill, QLD, Australia.


A monk asked Master Nansen, “Is there any Dharma that has not been preached to the
people?” Nansen said, “There is.” The monk said, “What is the Dharma which has never been
preached to the people?” Nansen said, “This isn’t mind; this isn’t Buddha; this isn’t a thing.”


Speaking too much degrades virtue,
No-words is truly effective;
Even though the great ocean should change,
It can never be communicated to you.

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